Market and Credit Risk Analysis (764N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You assess market risk and credit risk and study the foundations of market risk analysis and the basic Value at Risk (VaR) models.

This includes:

  • the mapping of portfolios to risk factors
  • the construction of covariance matrices and their application to the market risk of portfolios. VaR and ETL is computed at the portfolio level using historical and Monte Carlo simulation and, where possible, analytic solutions and the results are compared and backtested.

Your study of credit risk covers:

  • credit scoring models
  • counterparty credit risk (especially credit exposure, default, and recovery processes) and credit spreads
  • portfolio models of credit risk
  • credit valuation adjustments (CVA).


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


15%: Coursework (Problem set)
85%: Examination (Problem set, Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.